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1. Posted by Travel16 (Budding Member 49 posts) 49w

Hi guys,

Im going solo travelling, staying in hostels etc. Where do I leave my bag? Do I carry it around with me constantly with EVERYTHING in? I see most hostels have lockers but are they trust worthy?

What about passports, credit cards and flight tickets etc? Do I carry them around with me too? I don't want to leave anything in the hostel but at the same time I don't want to carry everything around in case I get robbed or it rains or something!!

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Oct-2015, at 13:53 by Travel95 ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 49w

Hostel lockers aren't the best - I've actually never heard of anyone having anything stolen from a locked locker, but suspect it does happen at times - but they're good enough for keeping your daypack with valuables when you're asleep or in the shower. (Bring your own padlock!) As for your big backpack with dirty clothes - no need to worry about that; no one's going to steal it.

Beyond that, yes, I at least generally take my daypack with me pretty much everywhere, all the time. When it rains heavily, I'll seek shelter, but I also have a backpack which can handle some wetness, and a plastic bag wrapped around anything which needs extra protection. But since that daypack will carry some water, my lonely planet / maps, my camera, and my money, I wouldn't ever want to not have these things with me. Laptop/tablet is somewhat iffy, and up to what you'd personally feel more comfortable with - me, I generally carry my laptop with me, since I figure travel insurance will be much cover likely to cover mugging than they'd be to cover it being stolen from a hostel locker (also, I worry much less about the former than about the latter (which still barely ever gets a thought at all) - the places where I've felt unsafe during my travels have been exceedingly rare and far between, though I do always carry a small stash of emergency money and a second debit card in a separate location on my body).

Oh, and "flight tickets"? What are those? :) There's nothing necessary nor valuable about a paper printout of an e-ticket (other than the risk of identity theft from the information printed on it).

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Oct-2015, at 14:21 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Travel16 (Budding Member 49 posts) 49w

Thanks for the info! To be honest, I didn't even think of taking a day pack. I just assumed I would take one big one.. Makes a lot more sense to invest in a day pack though, thanks! In regards to debit card etc, I have a spare to I plan on keeping on me in a separate place. I think I will also carry my passport and things on me at all times as well.

In regards to flight tickets, I know they're not valuable but because I'm travelling out of my comfort zone I don't know what to expect in relation to replacing them and printing new tickets out (even as I typed that I realise how stupid it sounded) I guess I just want as less hassle as possible!

I'm going travelling for 3 months through Asia and I'm unsure whether to book ALL flights and hostels in advance.. Do you have any experience with this?

Thanks again

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Oct-2015, at 14:30 by Travel95 ]

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 49w

I don't have experience with longterm travel in Asia, sadly. In Australia I tend to book my hostels about two weeks in advance; also because I know I can cancel for free up to 24 hours in advance if I decide to change my plans. I think it's mostly up to your own travel style; how comfortable are you with winging it, how good are you at scrounging WiFi, how much flexibility do you want to have with adjusting your itinerary? There's no right answers...

A printout of a ticket is, in my experience, completely unnecessary. Both for self-service kiosks and for old-fashioned check-in desks, a passport is all you need to get your boarding pass. It's undoubtedly still a good idea to have that print-out for some exceptional cases I can't currently think of, but if you lose it, then that would be another exceptional case, and the chances of two of those happening on top of each other is really something you can just ignore. :)

5. Posted by Travel16 (Budding Member 49 posts) 49w

Thanks for all the info, it's really helped! I think I'm going to book Asia in advance, I can't be bothered with the stress of booking flights hostels on the road, especially with unreliable wifi! I'll just book everything in advance until I get to Cairns, Australia and then I'll relax and wing it from there!

Thanks again for all your advice.

6. Posted by Tranimal72 (Budding Member 12 posts) 49w

Hi!i travel extensively throughout Asia and I always carry my passport around my neck with my cards but be sure to split up the cards so if one gets stolen u have a back up,I find Asia more safer than big cities in America.

7. Posted by Travel16 (Budding Member 49 posts) 49w

Thanks Tranimal!

Have you ever experienced being robbed in Asia?

8. Posted by Tranimal72 (Budding Member 12 posts) 49w

I have never been robbed or in any life threatening situations but remember not to wear or carry anything flashy .I generally leave jewellery and my nice watches at home,have a good time.

9. Posted by Travel16 (Budding Member 49 posts) 49w

Thanks for all the advice - sorry to go on but as youre experienced with travelling through Asia, could you tell me what an appropriate time scale would be to stay in the likes of Japan, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia? I'm there to do touristy things, meet new people, night life etc. I originally planned to stay for 4 weeks each but I'm thinking that's to long for certain places?

Thanks again :)

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 49w

1.) Personally I would never book a 3 month trip entirely in advance, especially since you've never travelled before. You have no clue which places will blow you away and you'll want to stay longer, or which places won't turn your crank and you'll want to move on. You'll be meeting new people all the time and hearing about their great experiences in places you've never considered, or maybe you'll want to hook up with them for awhile and go somewhere else.

Bottom line, since you're on the Gringo Trail and sticking with touristy places I think locking yourself down to a schedule before you even leave home is a huge mistake.

2.) WiFi is almost never unreliable on the Gringo Trail. You'll have no problems booking transport/accommodation in advance.

3.) Don't be married to the daypack, there are other options like cross-body bags and smaller messenger bags, etc. that are less conspicuous and easy to keep secure. For the bare essentials that are super important like your passport, money, credit/debit cards consider something super simple and pick-pocket proof like this.

http://shop.eaglecreek.com/rfid-blocker-hidden-pocket/d/1260_cl_7

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry